On April 2, 2017, The Church of the Apostles in Coppell, Texas welcomed the Rt. Rev. George Sumner as he joined us to celebrate Baptism, Confirmation and Reaffirmation. His visit comes as a visible sign of our connection to the wider Church throughout the world, and back through history to the Apostles themselves.
The Visit of the Bishop on April 2, 2017
The Rt. Rev. George Sumner was elected as the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas’ 7th bishop during a special election in May, 2015 on the fourth ballot. He oversees the administrative needs throughout the diocese and is chief pastor for more than 31,000 Episcopalians, 200 clergy and 100 congregations, schools and institution.
Prior to his election, Bishop Sumner served as principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada. He was the dean of a growing seminary and was the chief administrator responsible for strategic planning; encouraging young, future priests; stewardship; building relations with bishops; and overseeing clergy’s continuing education.
Ordained as an Episcopal priest in western Massachusetts in 1981, Bishop Sumner served in a variety of capacities: youth minister, missionary teacher in east Africa, curate in an inner-city Anglo-Catholic parish, vicar on a native American reservation in New Mexico and Arizona, and rector in a small town. Sumner has a Ph.D. in theology from Yale, and has written a book about priestly calling and a commentary on Daniel. He also has a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Bishop Sumner and his wife, Stephanie, have two children.